Thursday, April 29, 2010

[NOR & ARC Review]: "Married by Morning"

Title: Married By Morning
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher/Publication Date: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 25, 2010)
Genre: Historical Romance
Summary (Amazon):
For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.
Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

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My Review:

Mention historical romance, and no doubt one of the first authors that will come to your mind is the talented Lisa Kleypas. Not only has Kleypas been writing these beautiful romances for years, but every novel has been loved and cherished by her growing fan base. Once again, Kleypas has produced a piece of art, as far as the romance genre goes-- Married by Morning will have you laughing, smiling, and wishing for your own Leo!

What is there to say about a book that is almost perfect, or an author that many already know is amazing? My review can never live up to the book, but I'll give it my best shot-- just know that this is a book I highly recommend to any historical romance fan out there!

Continuing her popular Hathaway series, Kleypas brings us another touching romance, this time between the “plain” Catherine Marks, companion to the Hathaway sisters, and the roguish Leo Hathaway. Catherine has been a part of the Hathaway “family” for a few years now, but has stayed as far away from Leo as possible, afraid of the attraction that vibrated between them when he was near. All that changes after one little kiss from Leo as he tries to end one of the numerous arguments. Now the flames of passion rage between them, and nothing can put it out....

One of the many things I love about Kleypas's work is that while she can, and does, write very steamy romances, that is not the only basis of the relationship. The hero and heroine clearly have a deep connection, and you can see the love budding just as easily as you can see their passions rising. Watching them interact and grow in their relationship is just as essential and entertaining as the more physical aspects. Without one, the other is lacking and the story goes down hill from there. Kleypas knows this very well, and always has the right proportion of each in her stories, Married by Morning being no different.

Following Catherine and Leo's journey was highly entertaining, and I was pulled into their story so quickly and efficiently that within only a hand full of hours, I had reached their happily ever after (HEA). Upon finishing the book, the only thing on my mind was “Wow”, followed by “I can't wait for Lisa's next book!” The combination of brilliant writing, humor and witty conversations between the characters, romance that leaves you breathless, and a good dose of action to keep it all interesting, adds up to the perfect novel, and one that I will return to again and again!

5 STARS! Another dazzling novel by the New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas, filled with passion, playful seduction, wit, and enough suspense and mystery to make the pages fly by! If you're in the mood for a truly good romance novel, you already know that nothing beats the “classics” of Lisa Kleypas—and now you can add Married by Morning to the ever growing list!

Thanks to Night Owl Reviews, where I received this ARC of the book for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!) This review is the property of NOR.

Sorry that I've only been posting L4C's lately-- finals are coming up, and then I'll have more time. You don't understand how much this is killing me, being away from my blog, not talking with everyone like I used to, missing out on all the fun posts... and don't even get me started on the reading! Oh, I've been doing plenty for college... TEXTBOOKS, that is! I crave a real book, but I haven't had all the time that I used to.

In fact, I've only read 3 books during the month of April--- and one was for a paper I had to write for a class. My pile is gathering dust over in the corner, and growing as well, while my list of "series I need to get caught up on" is currently trailing off the desk and through most of my house.

I'm hoping to have two more reviews up before the end of next week, with more promised next month sometime! As soon as I crawl out of the hole that is my life (mostly due to finals, with a few personal/family issues thrown in along the way-- because, heaven forbid, life becomes too calm and boring!), I will be back and with attitude! Not sure what yet, but I'm thinking of having some big things on the blog this summer...


Until Next Time,

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Anna said...

Great Review! I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

I have not been here in so long, I am soooo sorry honey!!!!!
Great review!!!!